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Becoming Bored As A Christian

What do you do when you grow a little tired of being a Christian? I am having a hard time praying and spending time with God.

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"Nana, you have a right to your own opinion."
Mark_V. on 5/9/11

It is not opinion that you contradicted your own otherwise professed creed.
It is not opinion but fact that you instigated and ridiculed Steveng unprovoked.
On 5/5/11and on 5/6/11 again and he had not brought up any issue with Churches up to then. It was you who dug up the past so as to discredit, "When I first answered you was because you had a great hate for the Church of Christ." You do the same with Eloy all the time, dig up his past.
We could have differences yet be civil and stay current in conversation. I do not defend their whole outlook in life, neither do I agree with all their views but, fair is fair.
---Nana on 5/10/11

Mark_V.: "We are call to edify the church but since I met you, your goal then and even now is to trash the church of Christ."

See? You did it again. You twisted my posts to fit your anger against me. Shame on you. I trash not the true church of Christ, but of the denominational churches, each of them having their own ways of living, traditions, rituals, and worldly interpretations of scripture. Denbominational churches are like wolves in sheep clothing and is part of the great delusion mentioned in scripture where people pretend to be christians, but are not.
---Steveng on 5/9/11

As I understand it, "Yank" is to American, as "Brit" is to British. That does not make them synonomous.

Now, "Yankee" is entirely different. A Yankee is a "northerner" (as in the Union Army of the American Civil War). The term "yankee" is an insult when used by Southerners. I'm a yankee happily living in the South...I thought the Civil War was ancient history 'til I moved south!
---Donna66 on 5/9/11

Nana, you have a right to your own opinion. And again, I do not hate anyone. I don't know anyone personally. I only object or thank those who answer. I love Steven, but disagree what he says about God's church, whether Catholic, baptist or any other church if it has Christ name on it. You have a right to disagree.
---Mark_V. on 5/9/11

"When you do many more genuine believers leave the church, till pretty soon very few are left in the Church."
Mark_V. on 5/9/11

You contradict yourself and I only pointed that out to you, the Truth, and you hate me for it? There is no way for you to fix this is it? Genuine believers leaving, you contradict your creed. Unbelievers leaving, what is to you and why all the fuss?
Steveng did not do anything wrong for you to debase and ricule and yes,as he says, "You took all my posts and twisted what I said to degrade me."
What nerve! The man quotes Matthew 5:16 ONLY, and you go on a tirade about christians putting on an act!
---Nana on 5/9/11

Nana, my answer has nothing whatsoever to do with unbelievers leaving the church. I don't very much care that they leave, they are not of the body of Christ and His church. We are called to edify the church. That is what my arguement is.
Unbelievers leave when they realize they didn't want to follow Christ. If you have something useful to contribute to edify the church go for it. If not and all you want to do is get personel as many do, then I will not go there with you.
---Mark_V. on 5/9/11

"Because you are right sometimes and wrong in others. We are call to edify the church but since I met you, your goal then and even now is to trash the church of Christ. When you do many more genuine believers leave the church, till pretty soon very few are left in the Church." ---Mark_V. on 5/9/11

You are always saying that those who leave or left are not and were not saved and that God made them such. Why are you making a fuss with Steveng? You want to have it both ways?
---Nana on 5/9/11

Steven G, you said,

"Why do you agree with me sometimes and not others? Isn't that what they call hypocricy?"

Because you are right sometimes and wrong in others. We are call to edify the church but since I met you, your goal then and even now is to trash the church of Christ. When you do many more genuine believers leave the church, till pretty soon very few are left in the Church. Did you not read what Jesus had to say to the church in Laodicea which had His name? He knock at the door and not a single believer was found. Why? Through the years they begin to leave the church till finally the church was left with nothing but members professing to know Christ, but not one truly belonging to Him.
---Mark_V. on 5/9/11

Mark_V.: "You say I disagree with you always, but many times I do agree, I just don't answer because you are right."

Why do you agree with me sometimes and not others? Isn't that what they call hypocricy? Is that how you understand scripture? - believing what you 'think' is right and discard what you don't understand?

Mark_V.: "Don't get your feelings hurt because I disagree with you."

I fear not what man has to say against me personally. If you knew the people around me, you would know that my feelings are never hurt. I take whatever comes to me with a grain of salt. I fear nothing in the world, but I do fear God. For man can destroy this body, but God can destroy the body and the soul.
---Steveng on 5/8/11

"Rest in The Lord and be bored" is a principle that we all know deep down inside (the 'God seed') to be true, but since we realize that it is 'UNACCEPTABLE' to the status quo, we choose not to acknowledge it's truth.

God's gift of salvation is FREE and given graciously, not IMPERIALISTICALLY expecting something in return. We have no obligations except to live the "LAW of liberty". Even Cain was not 'set free' (abandoned). Cain did WRONG but God never relinquishes ownership of what is His, so He set a mark on Cain.

We have only been set free from the law of sin/death, but we are to live in "LIBERTY" (no obligations) and simply TRUST/faith that Jesus did all the works/deeds necessary for salvation.
---more_excellent_way on 5/8/11

Steven G, I have no hatred or hard feelings for you. I want you to know that I do love you, and everyday I pray for you and all others. Not to believe me but to believe the Lord's Word. You say I disagree with you always, but many times I do agree, I just don't answer because you are right. Don't get your feelings hurt because I disagree with you. You disagree with me so many times. I could say the same thing about you, but I don't. I disagreed with More Excellent on a few points and I said so. This time he is right. When I first answered you was because you had a great hate for the Church of Christ. I thought that was not good so I answered you. This time More Excellent is right so I supported his view. I really love you no matter your view.
---Mark_V. on 5/8/11

Mark_V., your heart is hardened against me personally that you can't see the truth? Let your feelings against me go and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to the truth. You took all my posts and twisted what I said to degrade me. When I first came to this site, I only wrote in summary and you demanded verse numbers. Now I give you a plethora of verse numbers and you still don't believe what I wrote is the truth. I asked you to search an online KJV bible itself using key words, but you don't follow my suggestions. I truly feel sorry for you and pray that your heart will soften soon to see the turth in God's word not by what I write.
---Steveng on 5/7/11

Just what this world is always in need of, another freaked out poet!
---Nana on 5/6/11

Who are we to think that we can determine what our destiny will be?, only God can do that (HE is the "Omega", not us). The only thing we have any control over is OUR JOURNEY with His lamb (sojourn/journey through this world with Jesus).

Man's ways never provided me with the intimate journey I had hoped for, so I became disinterested, saddened, heartbroken, and even depressed ("poor in spirit"), then, I GAVE UP...and deliberately/intentionally became "clay to the potter" ("Blessed are the poor in spirit..." Matthew 5:3).

Now my only reason for being "bored" is that I've learned that GOD has done all the "works" (John 6:28, 9:3).

....REST in The Lord and be bored.
---more_excellent_way on 5/6/11

Steven G, you didn't get what More Excellent was saying. You gave:

"Mark V., Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16"

That does not teach we have permission to somehow turn on a light switch so that others can see it. Why that would mean we have to put on a act so everyone can see we are of the light. We are children of the light, we don't turn anything on and pretent. The light should always be shining if you are a child of God. There is no act to put on. A godly life gives convincing testimony of the saving power of God that brings Him glory. The passage tells me, if that light is not shining, you've got something wrong.
---Mark_V. on 5/6/11

Mark V., Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Matthew 9:8
Matthew 15:31
Luke 5:26
Luke 23:47
John 2:11
John 14:13
Acts 4:21
Romans 2:7
1 Corinthians 10:31
Hebrews 13:21
1 Peter 2:12
Revelation 20:13

To learn more do an online KJV bible search for the words "glor" (which includes 'glory' and glorified') and "work".
---Steveng on 5/5/11

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Steveng,You got it right!

"... been taught that in order to glorify/honor God they should be good to 'SOMEBODY ELSE'."
Not only to glorify! James 2:13 "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy, and mercy rejoiceth against judgment."

"We have NO OBLIGATION to SHOW the world anything but the printed gospel..."
There is no greater obligation than that which is commanded and last I checked, a commandment is an order and it is not an option:

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
---Nana on 5/5/11

\\But Brit was synominous to Yank.
---John on 4/29/11\\

Brit and Yank are NOT synonyms.

Could perhaps you be looking for the word "analogous"?

In any case, those of you across the pond, NEVER call a Southerner a "Yankee".
---Cluny on 5/5/11

What do you do...tired of being a Christian?

"Tired" isn't the word for me, however, I can certainly relate to Peter saying, I am going fishing.

In John 21 Jesus had died and risen from the dead, Peter had spent three years with Jesus, and he still was "going fishing," granted the Holy Spirit hadn't come yet.

I try to "go fishing," but somehow Christ won't let me.

I somewhat agree with the moderator, however, I'd add "fellowshipping" with one another, encouraging, and exhorting one another is also helpful.

Psalm 63:[63:1]O God, You are my God, I early shall seek You,
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
---Rod4Him on 5/5/11

Steven G, I suppose you did not listen to what More Excellent said. That we have no obligation to show anyone anything. But to teach the gospel. That is our purpose. The love of God should already be there. We don't have an obligation to show it. Our obligation is to teach the gospel truth, the good news. You don't have to go to online to know that.
We don't have to sell Him using gimicks trying to promote a product. When the word is preach with power, it will accomplish that for which it was send. If a person is sincere from the heart, He will believe it by faith. It is the Word of God that convicts and draws the lost to Christ.
---Mark_V. on 5/5/11

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more_excellent_way: "...are we going to glorify God...or MAN/ourselves?."

Christians glorify God by loving and serving others.

1 Peter 1:22
1 Peter 4:9-10
Phil 2:3-5
Matthew 25:34-40

To learn more, do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," "comfort," "encourag," and "love."
---Steveng on 5/4/11

more_excellent_way: "We have NO OBLIGATION to SHOW the world anything but the printed gospel..."

We do have an obligation to SHOW the world everything in genuine love. If words were enough, the Jesus would only talk. But he showed the world who he is by performing miracles. The apostles showed the world who they are, men of God, by performing miracles. Today's christians show the world who they are, christians, by loving and serving others. Faith without works is dead faith. So go out into the world and set an example of who the true people of God are. The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few especially during these end times.
---Steveng on 5/4/11

More Excellent, there is much wisdom in your words, hope that other will read it and understand it, unless they are only looking for statements that give credit to man and not God. Those will always put their faith in man, sinful at that.

"We have NO OBLIGATION to SHOW the world anything but the printed gospel (do not 'sell' Jesus like you are a used car salesman, Jesus is not a used car). The 'sincere' that want to "draw near" will be drawn BY GOD, we can only point "the Way".

So very true.
---Mark_V. on 5/4/11

We have NO OBLIGATION to SHOW the world anything but the printed gospel (do not 'sell' Jesus like you are a used car salesman, Jesus is not a used car). The 'sincere' that want to "draw near" will be drawn BY GOD, we can only point "the Way".

We can only show them the Way to peace, truth, and life eternal, we cannot change those who rather remain in the weaknesses of the mortal "flesh".

Many will only "hunger" for the SAFETY of Jesus, but they will not "thirst" for "truth" and have the spirit of love (they only seek to eat of the bread of life). God knows their heart, but the sincere shall....

Revelation 7:16
"hunger no more, neither thirst any more".
---more_excellent_way on 5/4/11

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Steveng, Christians have been taught that in order to glorify/honor God they should be good to 'SOMEBODY ELSE'. By the same token, you should show the world that you have a good honorable cousin BY being good to OTHER PEOPLE (doesn't make sense, does it).

I was raised in a good home (dysfunctional as it was). Because I learned to be decent, just, and peaceful, my behavior and attitudes glorified my parents.

No one should have a need to make an EFFORT to glorify God.

If a person feels that they have a need for "effort", then they should improve their 'listening skills' in order to hear God's voice.

The decision to be made is...

...are we going to glorify God...or MAN/ourselves?.
---more_excellent_way on 5/4/11

According to scripture, love is a verb, not a noun. Love encompasses the two commandments spoken of by Jesus. The two commandments encompass the ten commandments. The ten comandments encompass the 613 OT laws and statutes.

Remember that faith without works is dead faith. Christians are to glorify God by getting personally involved in helping others in need. This is when genuine love of christians really shine - not by only words, but by example. And during these end times the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.
---Steveng on 5/3/11

Thanks Alan!
BTW...It wasn't Donna that mispelt Welsh, it was me.
---John on 4/30/11

John & Donna ... I don't think the Welsh have ever spelt it as Welch. !!

And they are not really 'regionals' Scotland, Wales and Ireland are really different countries, and they are proud of it.

British refers to all of them (except the southern Irish in Eire) plus the English

And they all have their own Parliament .. except the English!

Complicated, isn't it?

I am Scottish by ancestry, but have always lived in England.

United Kingdom covers England ,Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

We don't really mind being called Brits!
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/30/11

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Four years ago, I told God that man's ways of 'buildings and books' did not give me the warm, intimate knowledge of Him I always sought. I told Him that I was never entering another building, reading a commentary, etc. again and that HE must now be my only spiritual teacher.

He taught me alot (and THERE IS a world of difference, look up "Incident at Antioch" and Acts 11:26, click on my name at the bottom and read my other posts). God is the PARENT of the human race. He is "Abba FATHER" (dear Father),...not to be "submitted" to as a taskMASTER (many people need to be COMMANDED to be peaceful and do good, but not those who love Him AND HIS WAYS because they seek whom their SOUL loves, Song of Songs 3:2).
---more_excellent_way on 4/29/11

Alan of UK -- Sorry for not calling you "British". I didn't realize people in the UK are so sensitive about that. I guess that's because I don't mind being called a "Yank" (or any other nickname that I know of).
---Donna66 on 4/29/11

And some of us don't like the term Brits ... we are British, please.
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/29/11

Alan I never heard Brit as being offensive. But if it offends you, I apologize.

I did hear some regionals tell me they are Welch, English, or Scottish and wanted to addressed as such.

But Brit was synominous to Yank.
---John on 4/29/11

I'm bored stiff. I wished for intimacy with God but I somehow feel this total emptiness inside. It's like I'm fooling myself.

People tell me that being a Christian is not about doing. You don't earn blessings or things like that from God. What do I do now. I'm just confused and seem to have so little faith and bitter as hell.
---Grace on 4/29/11

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Donna & John ... Both wrong!!!

Peanut Butter is the most popular spread in Britain and getting more popular. But I can't stand it

And we don't have Vegimite here ... it is called Marmite in Britain ... again horrible!!!

And some of us don't like the term Brits ... we are British, please.
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/29/11

John--- Better make it Vegemite for the Brits! They love it... one of the world's vilest concoctions ever!
---Donna66 on 4/29/11

John ... A gathering together of Christians to share food is not necessarily "Gluttonous Feast" If it was I certainly not admire it.

And who are you to say that such gatherings are purely for social chit-chat.

And in spite of what you say, Jesus did feed them, not only the Word, but also ordinary food for the body.
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/29/11

For those of you who don't know...Peanut Butter is the MOST offensive food in the UK.

Considered by the Brits to be extremely gross!
---John on 4/28/11

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Strange that you will not follow the example of that guy who died for you. He held potluck for 5,000.
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/28/11

A feeble attempt to equate the Gluttonous Feast (you so admire) about nothing but chitchat...With Raw fish and bread fed to those who ....


You see they did not come to STUFF THEIR FACE AND CHAT ABOUT PRINCE WILLIAMS WEDDING, But came to hear the Word of G-d ONLY!

They walked miles upon miles, to seek the Lords word! NOT TO STUFF "PEANUT BUTTER" IN THEIR FACES.

They were remote and had NO food!

So Jesus fed them!

---John on 4/28/11

Dawn, You are madly in love with God (He takes your breath away) instead of man's ways of partisan allegiance (rules, procedures/protocol). You don't need to be ordered/commanded to do what is right (a 'heaven'ly state of mind). You are tired of "milk" and understand the sentiment of "living water" , John 7:38.

1 Corinthians 3:2
"I fed you with milk, not solid food".

God wants us to think in terms of "principles" (Hebrews 5:12, either/or dichotomies) so we can have the discerning and divisive sword in our minds..."OF THE SPIRIT" (Ephesians 6:17) and move on to "MATURITY".

Hebrews 5:14 "solid food is for the mature,...distinguish good from evil".
---more_excellent_way on 4/28/11

John ... Someone has told me what potluck is, and it seems it is christians eating together in fellowship.

But you don't like the idea.

Strimge that you will not follow the example of that guy who died for you.

He held potluck for 5,000 and joined in potluck after he washed His disciples feet.
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/28/11

YEP!!! Churches are boring, insignificant and totally useless in the service of G-d.

But Hey!!! You can have a good Potluck and hear a good praise rock concert! Good shuffle board for the seniors and nice campsites for the youth, Some of these social clubs (ooops I meant "Churches") have basketball courts and you can get a free breakfast if you are a man only. (i.e Mens Breakfast)

So why would you go to church for?... what's his name?...wait hold on... oh yea god and that guy who fought for Ole Glory against those Jews and died in the Calvary. Oh yea.. Jesse. I can't really remember his name.

---John on 4/27/11

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If you will read experienced spiritual writers who really know about such things, periods of "consolation" and periods of "desolation" alternate.

We can't constantly be up on the mount of feel-good all the time, despite the drivel some people talk.

Some of the most powerful Christians had the longest and driest periods of desolation of any people.

Remember, we walk by faith, NOT by sight--or feeling. God is the most pleased when we will ourselves to follow Him.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 4/27/11

Maybe it is the church style going stale or losing it's "perfume"? Praying to God is very important,and I pray at least 4 or more times a day, to help me stay connectd with God.I'm not talking about little conversations I am talknig actual setting time aside & meditating(praying) to GOd giving him my attention fully. this helps me.hopefully if you do some prayers witout inturuptions it can help too
---Maryiem on 4/27/11

Maybe you've just lost touch with the Spirit. Being filled with God's love never gets boring. Maybe its just a time of weakness for you right now. Confession is wonderful for getting that zing back!
---Jasheradan on 4/27/11

This is what being in the valley means. You become dry,bored and you feel like giving up. If you do,your reward will be lost(eternal life).Think about that. Scary isn't it? Jesus paid a heavy price for the forgiveness of your sins.What if he had not been obedient to the Father and just gave up,walked away? We all would be in deep trouble with no hope of ever paying the debt for our sins.Only hellfire and damnation awaiting us. A scary and bone chilling thought,to me. When you pass through these times. Just go to your bible. Look in the concordance and read the scriptures for times such as these. Look under faith,suffering,trials,tribulations,prayer and so on.The bible is every christians, source of peace and comfort. GBU beloved.
---Robyn on 4/27/11

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i understand what u mean... we move from realm to realm and glory to glory, its time for u to move deeper in God thats why... u want that hunger back.... God will give it to u, i feel how u feel every season(spiritually).....all christins feel this way they just react differently, i need motivation...
---Mary on 4/26/11

I have bouts of boredom, and I complain about it all the time. Nonetheless, God insists that I learn to deal with it. I am the type who likes to stay busy. But, must obey God. So, if He wants me bored then bored I shall be. It builds this thing called character, and this thing called self-discipline. I tell you, you need it, if you are gonna serve God. Make sure that you are in God's will. Bored or not. God knows what He is doing. Man, it sure is easy to preach this stuff. WOW!
---catherine on 9/1/10

What do you do when you grow a little tired of being a Christian? I am having a hard time praying and spending time with God.

This is not at all unusual. What helps me is evangelism and fellowship.

I Usually have a few people to hwom I am witnessing and giving bible studies. No more than 5 at a time, This keeps me fresh and refreshed.

Then there are my friends christian and none christian whom i spend time with having fun.
---francis on 9/1/10

perhsps your sitting on the fense too long, what's not exciting about working for the Lord, What hindered you?

The devil has work for idle hands, perhaps you could give him a shot..... He's waiting!!!!
---Carla on 9/1/10

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Boredom, a mature Christian's perspective, is not searching for something to do [activity], it's the moving into the place of Life. As young Christians we are taught to do, as we grow old we see that it isn't always do, but, wait also. Life is getting closer to the Lord in knowing Him, a place of resting in Him fully, sharing Him and not a thing [Christianity], being fully engulfed in Him, His Love, His heart, mind, knowing Him as our Love. It is true living! (Too much) activity can bring us down into living a lifestyle of much doing with no results. "To live is Christ, to die is gain." I am bored, too, and have been drawing closer to Him over the years. It's not Christian things that we need, Him only. Life is Christ, Christ is Life!
---ilene_wood on 9/1/10

First thing is to make sure you are saved...
John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10,...If you are sure
then, are you being discipled? You must grow or stagnate...suggest the Navigator's booklets called "10 bassic Steps To Christian Maturity"....(free online)
---Fred on 2/7/08

Dawn: What you are going through is normal.Have you been saved a long time or a baby in Christ? If new, you need a mentor or a mature Christian in your life to help you along the way. After a while experience,growth and the Holy Ghost will teach you and you will be able to handle the storms in your life.When you feel dry and alone. Read the Word of God and believe what it says. Pray and ask God to help you through these times. Remain faithful to the Lord. No matter what.
---Robyn on 2/6/08

Part 2: If you are a mature Christian you by now what is going on. You are in the valley and/or being tested on some things. You should pass the test. You should be grounded and rooted in Christ and the Holy Ghost should be leading all the way. Of course, we can fail the test also. But it is not like we don't know what's going on. God knows every heart and mind. Just take time to worship and praise God at home by yourself and your joy will return. Confession and repentance is great also. Blessings
---Robyn on 2/6/08

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Draw near to Him....and he will draw near to you!
---wes on 2/6/08

Spending lots and lots of time right here on these Blogs every day I don't have time to get bored, and I just love it too.
---Helen_5378 on 5/14/07

I would like to say this, and in love towards you from encouragement. If you are bored in your christian walk. It is not God your bored with! But, its simply being bored with RELIGION. God has nothing to do with religion. Seek the "truth" of the gospel (search for a good Apostolic Church) that teaches straight from the scriptures. When you find the truth you'll be shouting and never will you be bored again!
---Claire on 7/10/06

Dawn, If your growing tired of being a christian, could it be your looking back at the worldly things and not looking forward to the heavenly things.
---Thomas_D. on 7/10/06

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What do you do? You choose the Commander over the commandment. There is cleansing and healing in the command as you go on your journey but there is wholeness when you see what Jesus has already done and return to the Commander to thank Him. Walking out of command only will eventually wear you out. Of necessity, there comes a time when knowing Him and loving Him means more to you than just doing what He said.
---Linda6563 on 7/10/06

Dawn...can you expand on the idea of, "growing a little tired of being a Christian." Besides praying and spending time with God what other aspects of the perfection of your soul are boring you?
---Ryan on 7/10/06

It,s like when you pray for patience,God may send a hord of people that irritate you.especially when your not spitually mature enough to actually be many things people prat for they are not ready for in their spiritual maturity.So God sends things that help them mature and change , many times to their bewilderment cause all they wanted was what they prayed for.
---tom2 on 7/9/06

Dawn, if you are saved ,watch out. God knows your heart and if you are bored he may just put some things into your life to help relieve your bordom, and you may not like all of them.
---tom2 on 7/9/06

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When getting bored with being a christian, get on your knees and surrender to God, because you are definitely taking your own self back and getting bored is a sure sighn of that old self coming back.
---Lynn_E._Bedford on 6/22/06

I guarentee that everyone has felt this way at least once. This is normal. And it is also Satan's way of getting to us. It does get tired of going through battles and trials but it will all be worth it once we go home. It is impossible for a person to stay in the spirit all the time and not be in the valley. In the valley is where we learn to lean on God the most, and get more strength.
---Rebecca_D on 6/22/06

4. I guarantee, if you follow Jesus order in your prayer life, you will not have to think of things to pray about and you will find your prayer life will begin to blossom and grow. Sometimes, I find myself still in the opening praise part and an hour has gone by! ASK the Lord to give you agreater hunger for these things. He said if you call upon him, he would show you great and mighty things that you know not of. Bless you
---T.S. on 6/20/06

3. Also, if you're having trouble developing a meaningful prayer life, there's no shame in making a prayer list to go by. Jesus left us with the Lord's Prayer, a blueprint of sorts. If you break it down into sections, you see this order: Praise, Submission, asking for needs to be met, asking for forgiveness of sin, protection and deliverance from the snares of the enemy, praise and worship. The Bible teaches us to put others before ourselves, so include those in the appropriate place
---T.S. on 6/20/06

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2. My advice is usually to start in the book of Matthew. This helps you to get to know the human side of Jesus and become familiar with his teachings while on earth, which laid the basic foundations of what he expects from us. Also the beautiful story of his sacrifice on Calvary and the victory he won for us! Then, Paul's writings are very beneficial for basic Christian living, especially Galatians-Colossians, and Romans.
---T.S. on 6/20/06

Donna, I mean no offense or disrespect to your post by this.

Dawn, it's been my experience when discipling young Christians that that telling them to just start in Genesis doesn't work very well. Because shortly after the story of creation, Noah & the flood, etc..., you get into things like the Levitical laws and the endless geneologies (sp?) and cencus records(book of Numbers). These are very important, but they can be "boring" for lack of a better term to a newer Christian
---T.S. on 6/20/06

You can do a study on the word Joy. 1Peter 1:8 talks about having "Joy Unspeakable." John 15:11 says: that my joy might remain in you, and your joy might be full.
Dawn, find out exactly what Jesus meant by this.
I guarantee you will be filled with such Joy after this study. Keep a notebook and write down all of the scriptures that have to do with JOY. I've got a ton others to give to you, but can't type them all here. Sorry.
---Donna9759 on 6/19/06

Post #1 - Dawn, read the bible starting from Genesis. Get a notebook and a Commentary. Bible Knowledge Commentary is a good, basic one. Here are some cool bible studies you can do, and once you start, it will be exciting to see God reveal HIMSELF to you. You need a fresh revelation of the depth of God's LOVE towards you and you can find that when you search for him with all of your heart. I've got to list the bible studies in Post #2. Sorry about that.
---Donna9759 on 6/19/06

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This is an honest concern. I've seen a difference when I would perservere in prayer. Waiting on the Lord and praising Him has been critical in deepening my prayer time. As a new christian prayer was spent in supplication, now, most important is the time with God. It IS a relationship. WAIT to hear from God. Quiet your mind, heart and as God said, "Be still and know that I am God" The focus is ALL about Him. In His presence there is fullness of joy. Wait upon Him, to know His presence. Bless you
---christina on 6/19/06

No disrespect intended, but I just do NOT get this statement. I've heard it from others as well. HOW, in the name of all that is holy, can a person get "bored" with being in the presence and the power of the Almighty God of the universe?! I'm sorry, I just don't understand it. Now, getting bored with RELIGION is VERY EASY TO DO. Maybe you want to examine if you were just going through religious motions instead of having a REAL, intimate relationship with the Lord
---T.S. on 6/19/06

Here's a challenge. No, maybe it's a DARE!
Try asking the Lord to show you what you can do to make your Christian life more exciting and more useful to Him. Then watch, listen and do whatever He tells you. It may look like a simple thing (or maybe not). But it could turn out to be more exciting than anything you've ever done.
---Donna2277 on 6/17/06

Because God wants you to walk by faith, not by sight, and certainly not for warm fuzzy feel-goods (called "consolations" by traditional spiritual writers).

C. S. Lewis talks about this very thing in his excellent book SCREWTAPE LETTERS. The Demon Screwtape writes his nephew Wormwood, "So, you say your patent's religious phase is wearing off, do you? I hope you don't think YOU are responsible...."

Other spiritual writers do, too, but not as vividly or memorably as CSL.
---Jack on 6/17/06

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Dawn, Are you bored being a christian or are you looking back at the things of the world? After you put your hands to the plow, don't look back to be tempted by worldly means.
---Thomas_D. on 6/17/06

Praying for others brings blessings to me. Even if I'm not posting anything, I pray for all on CN everyday, friends and family. If you think you get tired being a Christian, NOT living as a Christian is a real bummer! Get into the Word and get rejuvinated!
---NV_Barbara on 6/17/06

I am never bored. This past week, we went to a teen bible camp. It recharged my batteries. It was campmeeting all week. Those young folks made commitments like I have never heard before. We are having a revival the first of July and then to a campmeeting the middle of July. My batteries are charged.
---shira on 6/17/06

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